Students participate in "Truth or Consequences"

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Several freshman across southeastern Kentucky had a lesson in reality as they participated in "Truth or Consequences."

WYMT's Maisie Insko was there as students were put in mock substance abuse situations

Freshman from Buckhorn, Hazard, and Perry County Central High School attended "Truth or Conesquences" Thursday morning.

As dozens of community programs showed up to give them a crash course on the harsh realities of substance abuse.

"It was a great educator for these kids. Just to get the knowledge and scenarios if they make bad choices,” Heidi Hopfensperger said.

When students arrived they immediately took a test that measure their knowledge on the issue.

The students were then exposed to the truth as they received these cards telling them about a crime they committed as a result of substance abuse or in some cases a meth addict with a failed attempt at suicide.

After receiving the truth it was time to deal with the consequences.

Some students went to jail while others didn't get a second chance.

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T Scott served as a pretend parent to some of the kids.

"They see the consequences and we talk to them as we go through and all the different groups, although they are acting real, they are also saying don't even start,” Justice Scott said.

Justice Scott says he hopes students take one thing with them...the power of No!

"If you say well maybe later or some other time you're just giving them an opening but if you say no I don't do that, it protects you,” Justice Scott said.

The event was put on by the Perry County Extension Office.

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